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Itinerary: Fly-In Gorilla Safari

Fly-In Gorilla Safari

Fly-in Safari for an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants includes 2 nights at the wonderful Mahogany Springs in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

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Fly-In Gorilla Safari

Day 1 Arrival
Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your accommodation in Entebbe. Overnight at The Boma (B&B).

The Boma
This welcoming guesthouse is situated on the outskirts of Entebbe and only 5 to 10 minutes from Entebbe Airport. It is a tastefully restored colonial homestead consisting of comfortable bedrooms. Each of them is decorated along African themes and has their own private bathroom. A diners’ bar is set in a landscaped garden with lake views. The main house includes a private dining veranda and living room for overnight guests.

Day 2 - Entebbe to Bwindi National Park
In the morning drop off at Entebbe International Airport for a domestic flight to Western Uganda, departing at 07.45 hr. From Kihihi Airstrip (expected arrival 09.30 hr) you will be transferred by road (1 hour) to the home of the endangered mountain gorillas.
Check in at the lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to relax and prepare yourself for the next day. Or go for an optional (guided) forest walk for a first introduction with Uganda’s unique flora and fauna. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs. (B-L-D)

Mahogany Springs - Bwindi NP
Mahogany Springs is located at a 2 minutes drive from the headquarters in Buhoma. It offers eight individual bandas with 2 double beds, en-suite bathroom and a private terrace with panoramic views of the forest and surrounding land. The main building includes a craft shop, large bar area, relaxing lounge area with fireplace, restaurant and a large veranda.

Day 3 - Gorilla tracking
Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trail head for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla Silverback completely makes up for the effort!

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs. (B-L-D)

Day 4 - Bwindi National Park – Entebbe – Departure
Today we will depart the Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi and fly back to Entebbe . At Entebbe International Airport connect to your international flight. (B)

Note: You can extend your stay in Bwindi with an extra night to enjoy the magical forest a bit more!



Prices
When 1 person travelling alone (single room) USD $ 2190
When 2 people travelling USD $ 1520
When 3 people travelling USD $ 1380
When 4 people travelling USD $ 1310
When 5 people travelling USD $ 1270
Single room supplement USD $ 250


Included in the price:
· Airport and airstrip transfers (by guesthouse/lodge)
· Domestic flight by Aerolink per 11-seater Caravan (max. weight allowance 15 kg in soft luggage)
· Accommodation as described in the itinerary
· Transport to starting point for gorilla tracking in Buhoma/Ruhija
· Meals as described in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
· VAT for upcountry hotel and lodge accommodations
· AMREF Evacuation Air Ambulance insurance


Exclusions:
· International flight
· Visa (USD $100)
· Gorilla permit
· Optional activities in Buhoma or Bwindi Forest NP
· Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
· Items of personal nature
· Laundry service
· Tips

Additional/optional surcharges to add to the package
Price per person in US dollars 15th -31st Oct 1st – 30th Nov
Gorilla permit from 15th October to 31st Oct USD $ 600. From 1 to 30th November USD $ 350
Mahogany Springs Walk (guided) - USD $ 15
Bush breakfast at the river - USD $ 20
Bush dinner at the river - USD $ 30
Tree planting - USD $ 45
Golfing - from USD $90
Forest walk in Bwindi NP -USD $ 70
Buhoma Village Walk -USD $ 15

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